Friday, 27 December 2013


Police are urging people to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after two mutilated swans were found at a nature reserve. The dead birds were found by a member of the public who had been walking around Attenborough Nature Reserve. Both had been plucked and had parts of their carcasses sliced off when they were found at the site, off Long Lane, Beeston, on Wednesday, November 27th. It is believed that the birds were killed by a person rather than an animal such as a fox. The area is popular with anglers, walkers and cyclists and police are now urging members of the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Police are linking the incident to a similar one a week earlier where a dog walker found another mutilated swan at Cranfleet Lock on November 18th.
PCSO Paul Boss from the Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It potentially looks as if they had been shot by a gas canister and it is clear from the carcass's that the feathers had been plucked.

We do not believe this to be an animal attack and this puts it into a serious category of crime as swans, like any wild bird, are protected by law so this is not only very cruel, but illegal.”
Swans enjoy statutory protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. In February 2012 rangers in Alvaston Park found six dead swans that had been slaughtered for their breast meat.
Anyone with information should call PCSO Paul Boss, from Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team, on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.